I have been begging RIM to release some form of WebKits Web Inspector for web developers since they released BlackBerry 6 with the Torch WebKit browser. It looks like they are finally listening with the BlackBerry PlayBook. I was sifting through the options in the browsers menu and ran across an option to “Enable Web Inspector.” You need to have a password set on your device to be able to enable this for some reason and it does tell you that your web browsing is no longer secure while having it on.
RIM implemented this feature on the BlackBerry PlayBook by allowing you to access the Web Inspector console by going to your devices IP address from any other PC on the network on port 1337. For example, http://192.168.0.117:1337. You then select the page you want to inspect that you have opened since turning on Web Inspector. The coolest thing is that the data is live. You can also Audit the performance of an application and it will give you suggestions on how to improve it!
The CRAZY part is so many of the features are there! You have access to the tabs for:
- and Console
This is going to be HUGE for web developers on the BlackBerry PlayBook. I am going to dig into it further and report back! I had to wait a long time for it to load the first time but it works!
Tell me this is not the coolest feature ever for Web Developers on the BlackBerry PlayBook! I am loving the BlackBerry Torch team today. (I am guessing our thanks goes to Matthew and his team!)
Here are screenshots of how you turn it on:
AND to top it all off it gets even better. You can actually use Web Inspector from the BlackBerry PlayBook browser in another tab!!!